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Microwave-propelled sails and their control E. Chahine, C.T. Abdallah, D. Georgiev, E. Schamiloglu
 

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Microwave-propelled sails and their control
E. Chahine, C.T. Abdallah, D. Georgiev, E. Schamiloglu
Abstract-- This paper presents the microwave-propelled
sail, its structure, assumptions. We will present its equa-
tions of motion, then we will conduct stability analysis and
we will design a controller to make it asymptotically stable.
I. Introduction
WHILE space has intrigued humans from the begin-
ning of time, it wasn't until the twentieth century
that man began his space conquest. Though it has been
almost half a century since Sputnik orbited the earth, the
aerospace technology is still in its infantry with a huge po-
tential. This paper will discuss a new generation of space-
craft, the microwave-propelled sail. The idea builds upon
solar sails[4] which have been in the literature since the
1970's. The idea of microwave-propelled sails is very simi-
lar, but instead of the sun's photons hitting the solar sail at
the right angle, the microwave-propelled sail alleviates that
problem since we have "control" over the power source and

  

Source: Abdallah, Chaouki T- Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of New Mexico

 

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